The daily gossip: Kanye West and Julia Fox break up, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star in steamy Deep Water trailer, and more
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Kanye West and Julia Fox break up
Are you sitting down? If you can believe it, Kanye West and Julia Fox's romance didn't work out. The rapper and the Uncut Gems star have officially broken up, Page Six reported on Valentine's Day. On Instagram, Fox insisted she's not a "sad lonely woman crying on a plane by myself" despite what "the media would love to" suggest, explaining she has "love for" West but "wasn't in love." She also declared herself a "#1 hustler," telling anyone who wants "the full tea" to "buy the book when it comes out." West, meanwhile, posted a photo of the truckload of flowers he sent estranged wife Kim Kardashian for Valentine's Day, as he continues to plead with her to take him back. West has had a multi-day meltdown going after a laundry list of celebrities, which got so wild he had to literally hold up paper with the day's date to prove he wasn't hacked. On Monday, West was even telling fans that if they see Kardashian's new boyfriend Pete Davidson, they should scream at him "AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AND SAY KIMYE FOREVER." And ladies, he's single!
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas' erotic thriller 'Deep Water' reveals steamy trailer
There's growing evidence the delayed Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas thriller Deep Water is actually a real movie coming out. Case in point: Hulu finally revealed the film's trailer on Monday. The extremely steamy footage shows Affleck and de Armas' characters discussing their love through almost unprecedented levels of whispering, as they very slowly inch toward each other and both declare "there's something wrong with me." The film is described as a psychological thriller following a married couple who play "dangerous mind games." If you can remember as far back as 2020, Affleck and de Armas dated for a while, and they were constantly spotted on walks during that period of the pandemic when we all really needed celebrity gossip distractions. Their romance began after they met working on Deep Water — but the film has taken so long to come out that they already broke up over a year ago. Surely the press tour won't be awkward in any way.
Patrick Stewart appears to be returning as Professor X in the MCU
Doctor Strange just can't stop bumping into fan favorite Marvel characters. Marvel dropped a new Super Bowl trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which strongly suggests Patrick Stewart will be returning as Professor X from the X-Men films. Strange is seen being put in handcuffs and brought before a character whose face we never see but who sounds remarkably like Stewart. If it really is him, Stewart would presumably be playing Professor Charles Xavier, crossing over from a series of non-MCU films the same way you-know-who recently did in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Interestingly, though, Stewart said back in 2020 he met with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and told him he didn't want to play Professor X again because the character had a satisfying send-off in 2017's Logan. "If we had not made Logan, then yes, I would probably be ready to get into that wheelchair one more time," Stewart said. "But Logan changed all that." Presumably, Feige dumping a giant boatload of cash on his front lawn changed it all again.
Chevy Chase doesn't 'give a crap' his co-stars think he's a jerk
Chevy Chase spoke with CBS Sunday Morning for a rare interview that might as well have been conducted in character as Community's Pierce Hawthorne. The actor famously has a reputation for being difficult to work with, and his last major role was on Community. He left the series after its fourth season following a bitter feud with creator Dan Harmon and after reportedly clashing with his co-stars; a New Yorker profile in 2018 said Chase would try to disrupt co-star Donald Glover's scenes with "racial cracks," such as by telling him, "People think you're funnier because you're Black." Asked by CBS how he feels about colleagues calling him a jerk, Chase simply said, "I don't give a crap. I am who I am, and I like who I am." Chase also said he has always "hated bullies" — a comment that CBS brutally noted, given his reputation, "might come as a surprise."
Oscars reportedly tap hosts, ask Twitter to vote on best film
The group of unfortunate souls whom pundits will inevitably tear apart after this year's Oscars have reportedly been selected. Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes are expected to host the 2022 Academy Awards, Variety reported and Deadline confirmed on Monday. Previously, The Hollywood Reporter said the plan was to turn the Oscars into a "three-act show, with each one-hour act emceed by a different host." In other Oscar news, the Academy announced Monday that it's asking Twitter users to vote on their favorite film of 2021. The movie that gets the most votes will be recognized during the telecast, and it can be any movie released last year, not just the ones nominated — because when has asking the internet to vote in an online poll ever gone wrong? If all of this still doesn't result in boosted ratings, don't be surprised if the Academy's next step is just straight up introducing a "Best movie about Spider-Man" category.